If your New Year's resolution was to get in shape and shed belly fat, you must have followed a fitness regime. Imagine then stepping on the scale and finding out that you've actually gained a few pounds. However, there is a distinction between unhealthy weight gain caused by overeating and healthy weight gain caused by exercise. Moreover, weight gain from exercise is a good sign if you gain weight gradually, such as 2kgs per month. So, before your New Year's euphoria wears off and you think working out is pointless, here are five reasons why you're possibly gaining weight despite exercising.
1 Weight Gain Is Not Fat Gain
When we start working out, the scale on the numbers seldom stays constant. Sometimes, it goes up because we ate a large meal before a workout or our salt intake was high. So it's always best to check once a week, on an empty stomach, to get a clear picture. Moreover, the weight gain that occurs after working out does not affect your body fat. Instead, your body fat is always decreasing, and you are becoming stronger. Despite the weight gain, you will notice that your clothes are becoming loose, and nothing beats reducing fat while maintaining muscle.
Your ultimate goal should be to lose fat, and fat loss should not be combined with weight loss because you can lose weight overnight but not fat. Fat loss occurs only when you exercise consistently and eat clean most of the time.
2 You Are Gaining Muscle
When you start eating a protein-rich diet and working out for the first time, your body is exposed to a new stimulus, which frequently results in muscle gain. For a fit body, it is more important to have healthy muscle mass and less muscle mass. However, you will notice a change in your clothes, becoming tighter in the back, chest, and arms, which clearly indicates that your exercise is effective and that you should not be concerned about weight gain because your body fat is now developing in the muscles.
3 Strength Gains
Progress should not always be measured in terms of numbers because when a person gains or loses weight, various factors come into play that go unnoticed. Similarly, as you gain strength, the number on your scale changes because you are getting stronger. The best way to measure your strength gain is to notice that a weight that appeared heavy to you before now allows you to perform 10 reps with it.
4 You Are Overtraining
We frequently spend two to three hours working out in order to burn calories. While getting enough physical activity is important for your overall health, overtraining and eating excess food to recover can make it difficult to lose weight. This is why it's critical to strike a healthy balance between exercise and rest. When it comes to working out, remember that less is more!
5 Sedentary Lifestyle
To lose weight, you must stay active throughout the day. Going to the gym or running for 45 minutes will not result in weight loss. You must constantly push yourself out of your comfort zone and make exercise a part of your daily routine if you want to avoid unwanted weight gain.
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